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A Veteran Klezmer Bassist Steps Out Front

04/08/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Jim Guttmann was there at the beginning.

In 1980 he ran into Hankus Netsky, who was looking for a bass player for a new venture. Guttmann, a bassist, was "working at Rosie's Bakery" in Cambridge, Mass., so when Netsky asked if he was interested in playing Jewish music, he quickly replied in the affirmative although, he admits today, "I didn't know what he was talking about." He found out soon enough; the band had a concert two weeks later, at which Guttmann played.

Jim Guttmann will be performing music from his first CD as a leader, "Bessarabian Breakdown," at Joe's Pub next week.

Biblical Psychology

02/06/2004
Staff Writer

Ask clinical psychologist Marsha Mirkin, and she’ll tell you that the essential psychology textbook was written more than 3,000 years before the birth of pioneering analyst Sigmund Freud. Freud may have deemed religion “a mass delusion,” but Mirkin contends that the Divine parables of the Torah can provide unrivaled insights into human behavior.

Rebuilding A Shattered Past

12/26/1997
Jewish Week Book Critic

It’s not unusual for strangers to tell Helen Epstein that she changed their lives. They’re referring to her 1979 book, “Children of the Holocaust,” which identified and described an experience that many sons and daughters of survivors shared but few discussed in public. After 18 years, that book — her first — remains in print, still selling.

Jewish Professor, Black Culture

01/26/2010
Staff Writer

About five years ago, Vincent Brown, a historian at Harvard, had to teach a seminar on the birth of black studies. Though the discipline has flourished since the 1960s, its origins were not well known, so Brown, an iPod-generation professor, thought a documentary on the topic might help. He was an amateur filmmaker himself, deft with a Camcorder, and figured he might try to make one on his own.

Jewish Professor, Black Culture

Documentary chronicles the controversial ideas and internal conflicts of a
Northwestern University anthropologist who pioneered African-American studies.

01/28/2010
Staff Writer

About five years ago, Vincent Brown, a historian at Harvard, had to teach a seminar on the birth of black studies. Though the discipline has flourished since the 1960s, its origins were not well known, so Brown, an iPod-generation professor, thought a documentary on the topic might help. He was an amateur filmmaker himself, deft with a Camcorder, and figured he might try to make one on his own.

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The Law Won

04/03/2009

Aaron and I lingered at the buffet table, enormous bowls of pasta salad and vegetables spread out in front of us. Our minyan was celebrating the purchase of a pre-World War II Torah that had been recently rescued from its hiding spot in the basement of an old synagogue in Romania. 

“It’s funny, that guy over there just asked if we were dating,” I mentioned, as I reached for some tortellini with pesto. “It’s not the first time I’ve heard that question. Earlier this week, someone asked me the same thing.” 

The Law Won

Hope that love could bend the rules of kosher observance only went so far.

04/03/2009
Aaron and I lingered at the buffet table, enormous bowls of pasta salad and vegetables spread out in front of us. Our minyan was celebrating the purchase of a pre-World War II Torah that had been recently rescued from its hiding spot in the basement of an old synagogue in Romania. “It’s funny, that guy over there just asked if we were dating,” I mentioned, as I reached for some tortellini with pesto. “It’s not the first time I’ve heard that question. Earlier this week, someone asked me the same thing.”

Cracking The Glass Ceiling

05/28/2008
Editorial Intern
In today’s America, a woman can battle her way through a presidential campaign, but she will still find it difficult to reach the top of most Jewish organizations. Women may dominate the Jewish communal workplace in numbers but, stifled by a glass ceiling, they rarely become leaders, according to Shifra Bronznick, co-author of a just-published guidebook called “Leveling the Playing Field” (Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community and Cambridge Leadership Associates).

‘Wall Street’s Bedroom’

01/02/2008
Staff Writer
Then it comes to ZIP codes, 90210 (Beverly Hills) and 02138 (Cambridge, Mass.) have nothing on New York’s 10013, otherwise known as Tribeca. The Triangle Below Canal Street, where luxurious lofts line the charming cobblestone streets, has become a residential boomtown, running from the Hudson River to Broadway, and bordered on the north by Canal Street and on the south by Vesey Street.
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